Tuesday, May 28

Meghan Markle’s attended an official royal engagement with the Queen



Meghan Markle has arrived at her first official royal engagement with the Queen for a service to mark Commonwealth Day.

Ms Markle, who is to wed Prince Harry in May, arrived arm-in-arm with her husband-to-be at the Westminster Abbey event on Monday afternoon.

It is the first time the American actress who wore a dress and coat by Amanda Wakeley and hat by Stephen Jones has attended an official royal engagement with the Queen.

The Commonwealth Day service was also attended by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prime Minister.

American Ms Markle joined the royals in singing the National Anthem at the start of the service.

The camera focused on the former Suits star singing the words “happy and glorious” during the televised event.

Celebrated across the Commonwealth, the day is an opportunity for each of the institution’s 53 member states to highlight the positive values of the family of nations.

London will soon host a gathering of leaders from the family of nations and the Queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, also paid tribute to the biennial event as an example of how consensus can “help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable”.

With the UK leaving the European Union the importance of the Commonwealth may increase according to some commentators.

Harry and Meghan signalled their commitment to the Commonwealth and its people when they both mentioned the institution – which has the Queen as its head – during an interview to mark their engagement.